Each fall, OISS invites visiting faculty, researchers, and post-doctoral students and their families to join together for networking and a special welcome to the university. Boston College faculty who sponsor visiting scholars are also warmly invited to attend.
Recognizing that legal employment processes can be especially complex for international students, OISS partners with the Career Center and BC schools and departments to sponsor a workshop series focused on U.S. resume writing, work authorization processes, interviewing, post-graduation options, and more.
The Conversation Partners Program (CPP) is a program that matches international graduate students who want to practice their conversational English skills with a member of the BC community. CPP helps connect students with faculty, staff, and administrators from across the university in conversation, cultural exchange, and friendship.
Throughout the academic year, OISS partners with the Office of Graduate Student Life to host a series of social events for graduate students or visiting scholars accompanied in the U.S. by spouses and families. Moving to a new place, not to mention a new country, with your family can be a difficult adjustment, and the Family & Spouses Social Series aims to bring families together from across the university.
Global Citizens are a subset of cross-cultural students, which can include “third-culture kids”, biracial students, children of immigrants and refugees, or students who attended secondary school abroad while their family remained in their home country. Global Citizens typically move with their entire immediate families, usually for work, military, or missionary appointments. In general, Global Citizens feel they do not fully belong in any specific cultural and struggle to answer the question, “Where is home?”. The Global Citizens/TCK Group brings these students together in conversation, support, and friendship. The program is co-sponsored by OISS and the Bowman AHANA and Intercultural Center.
In celebration of their many accomplishments during their time at Boston College, the OISS invites students and their families to the annual International Student Graduation Reception. Information about for the event will be sent to graduating students’ BC email during spring semester.
The Graduate Student Discussion Group has three aims: to bring together international graduate students from different schools and departments, to provide a comfortable environment for further developing conversational English skills, and to provide ongoing orientation support for international graduate students. Grad Discussion is held once a week throughout the academic years, and covers such topics as the US higher education system, American holidays and events, student support services, and more! The program is co-sponsored by OISS, the Office of Graduate Student Life, and the Connors Family Learning Center.
The International Graduate Student Wellness Group is co-sponsored by OISS, the Office of Graduate Student Life and University Counseling Services. The group provides a safe space for graduate students to share and discuss adjusting to life in the US, academic stressors, family issues, and more. Discussions are mediated by a graduate student studying mental health counseling in the Lynch School of Education under the supervision of a member of University Counseling Services.
Boston College’s flagship International Assistant (IA) Program was established in 1980, in response to the needs of a growing international undergraduate student body. The program matches each incoming international first-year student, transfer student, and exchange student with an upper class student mentor, an International Assistant for their entire first year. The IA Program aims to facilitate the adjustment of new international students to life at Boston College, the City of Boston, and American life in general, especially during the crucial first months on-campus.
Initiated in 2000 by the US Department of State and the Department of Education, International Education Week (IEW) emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's many cultures, peoples, and languages. It affirms the critical role international education plays at Boston College and around the world. IEW takes place in November and is a collaborative effort organized by a wide array of departments and offices at Boston College, under the direction of the Office of International Students and Scholars and the Office of International Programs.
Do you interact with Chinese students on campus and wish you could try to pronounce their names properly? Join OISS and the Boston College Slavic & Eastern Languages department as a faculty member introduces basic Chinese pronunciation. This annual International Education Week event is open to all BC students, faculty and staff.
International Student Orientation is a three-day program held each fall. The program is required for all freshman undergraduate and exchange students, and is strongly recommended for all new graduate international students. International Student Orientation is designed to supplement other orientations arranged by the First-Year Experience Office or individual schools and academic departments. International Student Orientation includes presentations from a variety of offices across the university, provides useful information about the international student experience at Boston College, and allows new international students to meet each other during both on- and off-campus social events.
The Thanksgiving Host Program matches international students with American host families as the spend the holiday at the home of a BC faculty, staff or administrator. Participating in seasonal events is an important way to engage with US culture. Thanksgiving is traditionally a time for Americans to be with their family, to remember their good fortune, and to be thankful for all that they have. Participants find it to be a fun and interesting way to exchange ideas, customs, and other cross-cultural issues.
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The AHANA Leadership Council (ALC) focuses on developing a stronger community among the African, Hispanic, Asian, Native American (AHANA) and ally students at BC. As the voice of students who wish to have a more diverse and inclusive campus, ALC remain proactive advocates by holding the students and administration accountable in order to promote the presence and recognition for AHANA students in terms of race, ethnicity, culture, creed, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities and socioeconomic status.